Why personality tests?

Ever wonder why personality tests have been a part of the interview guidelines? Why situational questons are thrown at you and why panels listen carefully at how you answer and how you handle situations at hand? That’s how a personality is tested. These tests are used for job placement, employee self- reflection and for learning how one interacts with a group.

Personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts to and interacts with others. These personality tests are given through questions that will encourage awareness about ourselves and for employers to know who’s the right individual for a job.

When personality and the type of job are in agreement, employee will be able to enjoy his/her work, feel satisfied and motivated and of course, turnover is low.

When personality is one of the most important factors when considering an employee for hire. A prospective employee personality can influence how he/she performs within the confines of the business and interacts with the existing workmates.

A goal-driven, positive personality can also be contagious and may boost the morale of the entire staff, leading to increased productivity and success. The key to hiring is to select the candidate with the right attitude then train them for the skills to do the job. By doing this, the organization will be ensured it hires the candidates who adapt well with the culture of its workplace and be able to perform with right attitude.

Hiring someone, they say, whose personality clashes with the existing people in th workplace, could lead to problems that could bleed over with the rest of the staffs causing a more stressful environment and we do not want that!

In today’s world, where the number of job applicants far outweighs the number of openings, more and more businesses are choosing people who can adapt and cope with the work. Personality affects all aspects of a person’s performance, even how he reacts to situations on the job. Not every personality is suited for every job position, so it’s important to recognize personality traits and pair employees with the duties that fit their personalities the best. Those who can always adapt are the good ones! 🙂

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